United close the gap behind Manchester City to 12 points after easy win at Old Trafford.
Lambert, who has also managed Livingston, Wycombe, Colchester, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers, will watch their Monday Night Football clash with Manchester United from the stands at Old Trafford with Eddie Niedzwiecki taking charge of the team. Back-to-back defeats saw Stoke slip back into the drop zone, but a repeat of the 2-2 draw against United earlier in the season will draw them level with Southampton. It has been undermined by defensive problems - the team has conceded 47 goals in 22 games in the league, more than any other team - and has lost eight of its last 11 games.
Austrian worldwide Moritz Bauer is in line to make his Stoke debut at Old Trafford as his new club's search for a successor to Mark Hughes continues.
Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku were the scorers for United who recently returned from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a short training camp. The Midlands team have struggled to score on their travels in the league and the fact that United have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 11 games epitomises how hard the match is going to be. The club sacked Mark Hughes after their exit from the FA Cup to League One side Coventry and are yet to replace him. Bauer, Crouch, Tymon, Fltecher, Shaqiri and Choupo-Moting all come into the side for the game.
Kevin Russell confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi should be available for Manchester United after injury lay-offs.